There are several ways in which you can study with CEH in a stimulating environment involving multidisciplinary research.

PhD Studentships

CEH works in collaboration with Universities across the UK and internationally to input scientific and supervisory expertise into PhD projects. Currently there are approximately 150 PhD students studying with CEH. Of these, a third are based at CEH and are either competitively-funded through 12 NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and 2 NERC Centres for Doctoral Training or directly funded through a variety of other sources.

Directly-funded PhD Opportunities

PhD studentships where funding for the project is secured will be advertised here when available.

  • None currently advertised

Competitively-funded PhD Opportunities

  • None currently advertised

National PhD Training Programme in Antimicrobial Resistance Research

Competitively funded PhDs, part of the National PhD Training Programme in Antimicrobial Resistance Research funded by the Medical Research Foundation. 2018 deadline now closed.

Details of NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) with CEH vacancies:

PhD studentships are available through NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) whereby CEH hosts the studentship (ie the student is based at a CEH site) and where projects within each DTP/CDT compete with each other for funding. Eligibility: NERC studentships are bound by NERC's terms and conditions including residency and minimum qualifications (see individual project details).  


Further information and CEH vacancies


Partnership between the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool and York and CEH. Click on each link for more information and details of how to apply.

  • 2018 deadline now closed

Central England NERC Training Alliance is a consortium of Universities (Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Warwick and The Open University) and research institutes (CEH and the British Geological Survey, (BGS)).

  • 2018 deadline now closed.

Edinburgh Earth and Environment DTP  brings together 28 partners from research, education, policy and industry sectors. See details of the application process here.

  • 2018 deadline now closed

Expertise from three universities (East Anglia, Essex and Kent) and ten research centres, including CEH, led by the University of East Anglia.

  • None currently advertised

A consortium of 44 industry and NGO partners, led by Lancaster University and including the Universities of Nottingham and Bangor and CEH. The initiative also involves large multinationals, a large number of SMEs and international research centres.

  • 2018 deadline now closed

NERC Great Western Four+ DTP is a formal alliance of research-intensive universities across the South West - Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. Click on each link for more information and details of how to apply.

  • 2018 deadline now closed

North East of England’s and Scotland’s multidisciplinary DTP, which joins the leading research universities of Durham, Glasgow, Newcastle, St Andrews and Stirling, together with CEH and BGS.

Oxford DTP in Environmental Research

The University of Oxford's DTP in Environmental Research recruits research students through three Research Streams: Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolutionary Processes, The Dynamic Earth Surface Processes and Natural Hazards, and The Physical Climate System.

  • None currently advertised

SCENARIO is led by the University of Reading, with three further Host Partners (the University of Surrey, CEH and BGS) in collaboration with a wide range of industry and public sector partners. See details of the application process here.

  • None currently advertised
Science and Solutions

The SSCP DTP brings together Imperial College London’s world leading expertise with that of its partners to offer a unique world-class multidisciplinary PhD training programme.

  • None currently advertised


Hosted by five academic departments at the University of Leeds and one at the University of York, building on a history of bi-lateral and multi-lateral research collaboration.

  • None currently advertised

The Southampton Partnership for Innovative Training of Future Investigators Researching the Environment collaborating with CEH and other organisations. Click on each link for more information and details of how to apply.

  • 2018 deadline now closed


Further information and CEH vacancies

Soils Training and Research Studentships

Partnership between Lancaster, Bangor, Cranfield and Nottingham universities, alongside CEH, British Geological Survey, Rothamsted Research and James Hutton Institute

  • None currently advertised
Quantitative and Modelling Skills in Ecology and Evolution

Partnership between Imperial College London, University of Reading, CEH, Cefas and ZSL.

  • 2018 deadline now closed

Masters projects

If you are interested in ideas and supervision for a Masters Projects or summer work experience during your degree, please contact detailing your area of study.

Summer research experience placements for undergraduates

  • None currently advertised

Sandwich course / ad hoc placements

If you are interested in doing a placement at CEH please contact including your CV and a covering letter detailing the type of placement you are looking for and the area of science and/or location in which you are interested.

Graduate School for the Environment

CEH is one of the partner organisations (along with Lancaster Environment Centre and Rothamsted Research) behind the Lancaster Graduate School for the Environment, a world-leading academic centre created in 2016.